Jessica Word honored with Orange County Business Journal’s Women In Business Award

ORANGE, California–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Word & Brown General Agency announced today that Jessica Word has been selected as Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) as an honoree at the publication’s 2022 Women In Business Awards. She received the award during the awards dinner on Thursday, October 20, 2022.

With more than 20 years of experience at Word & Brown, Jessica has served as CEO since 2021. She was chosen by the OCBJ among 200 nominees representing a diverse list of Orange County business leaders. The other recipients in the 28thth annual awards are Shirin Behzadi of Shirin Behzadi LLC; Allyson Brooks, MD, of Hoag Health; Tammy Cooper from Technologist; and Idit Ferder of Lugano Diamonds. A Women on the Move award from JPMorgan Chase & Company was presented to Breann Shook of Grandma Lucy’s.

That OCBJ The Women In Business Awards recognize five outstanding women professionals each year who have made significant contributions to their organizations, their jobs and the Orange County community. The nomination form asks for information about each nominee’s achievements, business achievements, and industry and community engagement.

“I’m proud that Jessica is recognized for her role in the Orange County business community and for her leadership at Word & Brown,” said John Word, co-founder of Word & Brown. “Her pioneering work championing women in business, mentoring others and advancing technological advances is helping so many in communities throughout Orange County and across the country.”

Jessica was previously recognized by Employee Benefits Advisor and was named one of the Top Women in Benefit Advising. She also earned recognition from CEO today Magazine as a leader in healthcare. She received a 2020 Innovation Award for Excellence in Leadership Development from the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. Earlier this year, she was recognized by the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) with the JA “Jack” Ferguson Associate Company Award for her outstanding support to the health insurance trade group, including her service as chair of NAHU’s Technology Committee.

In addition to her leadership role at Word & Brown, Jessica Word serves on the Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber), the Board of Directors of the Center for Leadership at California State University, Fullerton, and an active member of the Orange County Chapter the Connected Women of Influence.

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